The Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala will be discontinued
The end of two large sedans with insufficient profitability
Today, General Motors is discontinuing the production of the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala. This is due to their profitability, which has become insufficient in the face of an increasingly demanding market for pick-ups and SUVs. The CT6 was Cadillac's flagship sedan and distinguished itself by its high-end construction methods, such as spot-welding steel, which was a world first.
Despite all these cutting-edge innovations, the CT6 had a hard time finding its audience in the American market. Things have even gotten worse in the last three years, when only 10,000 units have been sold. Production of the CT6 will therefore officially end in January 2020, according to the Detroit Free Press.
On the other hand, we have the Chevrolet Impala, a true symbol of the great American sedans that is now in its tenth generation. Designed as a large non luxury sedan, the car did not sell well in the previous five years. Over the 2014-2018 period, it recorded a 65% drop in sales! The end is scheduled for February 28, 2020.
These production shutdowns are synonymous with massive layoffs. As a result, no fewer than 800 employees will be laid off at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The latter is preparing to welcome the production of General Motors' future electric pickup truck, which will arrive by the end of 2021. Unionized workers will be offered other positions at GM plants in Michigan and Ohio.
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